POPE JOAN

Nominated for the Chalmers Canadian Play Award. 

Nightwood Theatre commissioned me to write a play about Pope Joan  and it premiered in 1984 at the Poor Alex Theatre, directed by Cynthia Grant.

Pope Joan is a madcap comedy, to be played in an exaggerated manner at a very fast pace. It is the story of the legendary Pope Joan of the 9th century, who dressed as a man in her youth and was unmasked only when she became pregnant. The cast included some of the funniest male actors in all of Canada (Andy Jones, Dean Gilmour, Charlie Tomlinson) and audiences were packed. Predictably, the play ruffled Catholic sensibilities, to which I am immune. 

Published in New Canadian Drama 6, Borealis Press, Ottawa, 1993.

A rewiew from Broadside.